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A Powerful Coalition for the Hispanic Community

In their small office tucked into a corner of Greenville Technical College, Adela Mendoza and Sara Montero-Buria of the Hispanic Alliance are hard at work focusing on a solution for a mounting issue in Greenville County: how to successfully connect Greenville County with the booming Hispanic population, and vice versa.  Businesses, government, the school system, the healthcare system, nonprofits, and the faith community are only a few of the systems seeking strategies to successfully engage the Hispanic community.

My Year of Service

“Order up!” I shouted at the top of my lungs, screaming at the bartender to come collect the plates I had just prepared and take them to the bar. It was approaching midnight, and I was tired. I had graduated from Furman University a year earlier, but was still working at the job that I had taken two years earlier so that I could pay rent while I went to school.

Bringing a business mindset to community change

Rushing through the hallways of United Ministries, two dozen leaders from some of the top businesses in our community are learning first-hand the struggles that working families go through in Greenville County. The scene is something akin the “The Amazing Race,” with small groups of people moving from office to office holding note cards that tell them who they “are” — a recently homeless single mother with a 12-year-old son, or a middle-aged veteran living out of his car.

South Carolina Launches Nurse-Family Partnership Pay for Success Project

Earlier this month, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Christian Soura, other state officials and leaders from the private sector announced the nation’s first Pay for Success project aimed at improving health outcomes for mothers and children living in poverty, and the first Pay for Success project of any type in the South.

Getting Things Done: AmeriCorps in Our Community

Erin Hagan, an AmeriCorps member serving in Boiling Springs at Upstate Family Resource Center, has an incredible story to share. Embodying the AmeriCorps motto, Erin proved that we are all able to “get things done!” when we go that extra mile for our community.

AmeriCorps is an opportunity provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service for people of all backgrounds to give a year of service to their community. The AmeriCorps Upstate program is operated by United Way of Greenville County.

More than a funder: United Way in our community

United Way of Greenville County’s mission is to promote the Cycle of Success in our community. This Cycle of Success starts with School Readiness and making sure that children from enter school prepared to learn and succeed so that they may go on to the next major milestone, High School Graduation. A high school diploma is an essential part of post-high school success and creating Financial Stability, where households are self-sufficient and able to weather financial troubles more easily.